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National acclaim for Public Health Nursing’s virtual support during lockdown

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has been nationally acclaimed by the Institute for Health Visiting. A case study published nationally documents the innovative online support developed by the Somerset County Council service during lockdown – a time when face-to-face appointments were no longer possible. Health Visitors, who as part of their role visit new parents […]

Car sharing: follow the golden rules

Commuters planning to car share as they head back to work are being advised to follow the golden rules to keep them and their passengers protected from coronavirus. People should limit sharing their car to people within their household or social bubble. But if that’s impossible they should: ·         share the transport with the same […]

Keep yourself and Somerset healthy

With a hot weekend predicted, Somerset residents and visitors are being urged to follow the guidance to keep themselves, their family and friends and the county safe from coronavirus. Temperatures are predicted to peak on Saturday and Sunday – and into early next week – reaching the low 30s. And that could risk people forgetting […]

Take extra care in hot weather

With hot weather forecast this weekend Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family and friends and neighbours – and follow COVID-19  (coronavirus) advice. Wearing face coverings and PPE in hot conditions can be uncomfortable but is no less important and must still be worn correctly.  Drink plenty […]

Board backs Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan

Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan, setting out how the County Council and partners, will prevent and react to local coronavirus outbreaks, has been formally endorsed. Somerset Local Outbreak Engagement Board held its first meeting on Friday 31 July when members considered and backed the plan and its approach. The Board heard that Somerset cases continue […]

Immunisation programme restarts to keep secondary school children protected

Young people will continue to be protected against infection and disease as school age immunisation resumes for year eight and year nine students in the South West. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were closed and community clinics cancelled, which meant that eligible secondary students were unable to receive their routine vaccinations against Human Papillomavirus […]

Chat ‘health’ online with Public Health Nursing

Young people, parents and carers can now ‘chat health’ with school nurses or health visitors thanks to a simple new text messaging service. Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has boosted its health and wellbeing advice with the launch of ‘ChatHealth’, an award-winning digital NHS approved platform. ChatHealth allows Public Health Nursing teams across the country […]

Somerset Local Outbreak Management Plan available online

Somerset County Council and partners released further detail today on how they will prevent and react to localised Coronavirus outbreaks after Somerset’s Local Outbreak Management Plan was published online. Somerset cases continue to remain low compared to other parts of the country, but Coronavirus is proving to be a disease around clusters and outbreaks. To […]

Graphic informing people to look out for others during hot weather

Keep Somerset safe during hot weather

With hot weather expected over the next few days, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours…

Somerset leaders urge people to take action, to minimise the spread of coronavirus

Health and care organisations from across Somerset have joined together to remind people to follow Government social distancing rules to minimise the increase of positive cases of coronavirus across communities. The warning comes as new figures show the rate of transmission of the virus – known as the “R value” for the south west has […]